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US Sending Phoenix Ghost Drones, Recycled Russian Tanks to Ukraine In Latest Round of Arms | Coffee Or Die

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The $400 million new firearms package was revealed last week and would include the refurbishing project. 

In the end, 90 T-72 tanks will be shipped to Ukraine, where personnel are already accustomed to the Soviet-era equipment. Before the Russian invasion in February, the main battle tank for both Russia and Ukraine was the T-72. According to the press statement, some of the tanks will be made available to Ukraine by the end of December, while further deliveries would be made by the end of the following year. According to the open-source tracking website Oryx, Russia has lost around 600 T-72s and at least 1,420 other tanks throughout the invasion. At least 341 lost Ukrainian tanks, including fewer than 100 T-72s, have been counted by Oryx. The Pentagon has announced that it will send over a thousand Phoenix Ghost drones, sophisticated unmanned flying devices that drop into their target carrying a bomb, which are on the opposite extreme of the technological spectrum. With minimal planning or assistance, a small group of soldiers or even just one soldier can typically fire any such tactical drone. 

The complete list of new equipment consists of:

  • 45 refurbished Czech-owned, US-subsidized T-72B tanks with advanced optics, communications, and armor packages (45 more provided by the Netherlands).
  • 1,100 Phoenix Ghost tactical unmanned aerial systems.
  • 40 armored riverine boats.
  • Funding to refurbish 250 M-1117 armored security vehicles.
  • Tactical secure communications systems and surveillance systems.
  • Funding to refurbish HAWK air defense missiles for inclusion in future presidential drawdown packages.
  • Funding for training, maintenance, and sustainment.



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